1 We give thee but thine own,
whate'er the gift may be;
all that we have is thine alone,
a trust, O Lord, from thee.
2 May we thy bounties thus
as stewards true receive,
and gladly, as thou blessest us,
to thee our firstfruits give.
3 The captive to release,
to God the lost to bring,
to teach the way of life and peace:
it is a Christ-like thing.
4 And we believe thy word,
though dim our faith may be;
whate'er we do for thine, O Lord,
we do it unto thee.
|First Line:||We give thee but thine own|
|Title:||We Give Thee but Thine Own|
|Author:||William Walsham How (1858 c.)|
|Scripture:||Genesis 28:22; Leviticus 27:30-33; 1 Chronicles 29:14; Haggai 2:8; Malachi 3:8-10; Matthew 6:1-4; Matthew 25:34-40; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; James 1:17-27; 1 Peter 4:10|
|Topic:||Dedication and Stewardship; Ministry; Offering1 more...|
|Key:||G Major or modal|
|Source:||Mason and Webb’s Cantica Laudis, 1850|
Each successive stanza here expands the implications of the familiar afﬁrmation of the ﬁrst one. Much more than a concern with money, stewardship shapes our relationship with God and with other people. Despite this tune’s name, no source has been found in Schumann’s works.
|Audio recording:||Audio (MP3)|